Le Metro! Sweat trop!

Who is bothered by sweating? Quite a few people judging by the number of searches made on average, each month on Google. ‘Excessive sweating’ brings up some 22,200 monthly searches online, and that is not taking account of all other relevant searches  under ‘ stop sweating ‘ or ‘stop excessive sweating’, or even ‘ hyperhidrosis’. Those who are not affected, will not know about hyperhidrosis (ie. excessive sweating), whilst others know too well. However I would wager that many of us are affected by it or know someone that is. Circa 1.53 million people in the UK are affected by excessive sweat, which is quite a lot of us! And there must be those of us who suffer in silence and would not even make up the statistics.

Think hot, confined, stifling, squeezed like sardines in a box…You have it the Tube or Le Metro, particularly at peak times, can smell fishy. Whether or not you suffer from Hyperhidrosis, the tube, will test even those of us who would never describe themselves as ‘ sweaters’. All these bodies squeezed together at peak time, generate more heat, and before you know it our armpits, our backs, chests start making themselves noticed, and not in a good way. Ever stood next to someone who has to hold on to a rail over your head, and if you are 5.6’ like me, you stand a good chance to get better acquainted with their armpits. Breathing air in and out of your mouth is one way of coping! The vision of a man applying a well-known deodorant on a beach and suddenly attracting a horde of women, crumbles to pieces. Instead, whilst travelling on the tube, running away comes to mind…so where are all these amazing deodorants?

If like some of us, you sweat a lot, and it has been a sore point with your social life for most of your years, those arms stay as close to your body as possible. Alternatively, you might even have an extra layer on to help absorb some of that extra sweat. Talk of a vicious circle!

Sweating is of course an important function of our body given that it helps regulate our body temperature. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized or localized to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, armpits, and the back area are among the most active regions of perspiration due to the relatively high concentration of sweat glands;

Primary hyperhidrosis is found to start during adolescence or even before and seems to be inherited.  Primary hyperhidrosis must be distinguished from secondary hyperhidrosis, which can start at any point in life

Nervousness or excitement can exacerbate the situation for many sufferers. Other factors can play a role; certain foods and drinks, nicotine, caffeine, and smells can trigger a response.

There is a plethora of products out there to deal with sweat and b.o, and what works is often the result of trial and error. Some products, which contain aluminium chloride, can often have side effects such as temporary burning, itching, prickling, or tingling in treated areas. We found AHC antiperspirants very effective, it reduces sweating from 80 to 100%, and is found on www.scrubsuk.com. AHC naturally, closes up the pores in the middle and upper skin layers. Unlike some remedies, it works after the first application. The body still has enough other evaporation areas, so your well-being will not be affected. The AHC range includes extracts of old man’s beard, clove oil and sage, so it is extra gentle.